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, brooke. happening now, thousands of angry demonstrators swarm michigan state capital for a fight over labor unions. >>> here in washington, republicans turn the tables on president obama. we're going to tell you what specific information they are now demanding. >>> and who was she? you're going to find out why a century's old mystery may be closer to a solution. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." we begin with today's dramatic defeat for union workers in the industrial's heartland. this was the scene as republicans pushed through right to work bills saying that they don't have to pay union dues in in order to get a job. on lookers chanted, shame on you after the vote. this is a watershed moment because michigan is the same as countless union struggles, including this 1932 march where five people died and dozens were injured when unemployed workers were attacked by police and ford motor company security guards. after decades of gains, fewer than 12% of u.s. workers now belong to unions. in michigan, it's fewer than 18%. cnn's poppy harlow is at the state capital in lansi
at that time. i took a look at it and when i got into the hospital in michigan, one of the fellows i met was modeled -- bob dole and we became good friends even to this day. i asked him what are your plans. and he, without hesitating, said i'm going to be a clerk. after that i'm going to run for the state house, first opening in the commerce. that's where i'm going. i figured that's a good idea. so i went to law school and became assistant prosecutor when the territorial losses became available i ran for that office and when the state could came along i got to congress a little ahead of bob. >> you were in the territorial legislature then before you came here. >> two terms in the house and in the senate. >> and then came here as a member of the house and who did you come here without that time? >> only one member of that time. >> you mentioned senator dole and the fact you were then in the hospital with him in michigan. it's amazing that some of these friendships were formed long before any public service. he talks about being a friend of -- excuse me, the senator from wyoming, al simpso
this money, where is it going to end? host: our last call is going to be from michigan. we have shelley on the independent line. what do you think about the president's remarks or the fiscal cliff beck's caller: -- fiscal fliff? caller: there was not much else he could save. they are not going to make an agreement. this is why they are called the do nothing congress. they do not do anything. the republicans, to me -- i feel they let the people belong to the tea party make the stamps for them. even if some of them what to compromise, the tea party gets in there. for some reason, they listen to them. it is a shame, her because most americans, they need help. we need help. and we do not get anything. in michigan, where i live, the governor has knocked down the unions, you know? he has done the teachers terrible. now, we have to spend more money on our social security. all of us should protest. i do not care what city or state we belong in. we should protest against this do-nothing congress. host: you can always check out our special page on our website, set up for all things related to the
appoint this woman representative of michigan as chair of the administration committee in the incoming house, there will be only 20 republican women, that's compared with 58 democrats. the same story in the senate. four republican women, 16 democrats. so maria, how do you fix that? >> well, and this goes to the problem that the gop has, which is an issue of credibility. and john mccain is right. that the gop absolutely has to change the way that they reach out to the changing demographics of this country. latinos, african-americans, women. but it's going to take a lot more than just talking about a new agenda. and it will have to be a new agenda. they actually have to reflect what this country looks like. so when you have john boehner basically leading the house of representatives with virtually all white men in leadership positions, and as i understand it, the position that candice miller now has is pretty much a consolation prize and it happened after all the of the news that all white men are going to be in leadership positions, that goes to an issue of credibility and women look at
direction? mr. durbin: in response to the senator from michigan, the republican senate leader, senator mcconnell, has such a strong appetite for the filibuster that we have seen 386 or 387 filibusters in the last six years, and now he has decided another good idea is to propose a bill and then filibuster your own bill. i do believe that's history in the making, but that's why this appetite for the filibuster in the senate has to change. what an abuse that we can't have a majority vote on something the republicans proposed and the democrats were prepared to vote for. this would have been a true bipartisan measure. good news, maybe lead the news across america. it really is unfortunate. mr. schumer: would the minority leader yield? mr. reid: madam president? i have some business here. you will get the floor right back. madam president, i now move to proceed to calendar number 554, s. 3637. the presiding officer: the clerk will report the motion. the clerk: motion to proceed to the consideration of calendar number 554, s. 3637, a bill to temporarily extend the transaction account guarantee p
will be poised for another big financial crisis. host: john joins us from michigan. independent. caller: good morning. thank you for educating people on your television show. we live in a community where we are experiencing exactly what you're talking about, particularly businesses, and i am talking big businesses. they do not like where the doors are located, or this department over here, and what they are doing is restricting jobs and tax base. i would encourage people to get involved in your institute and fight this because it is not doing anything for the economy or our country. merry christmas to everybody. host: john, thank you for the call. what is the history of the cato institute, founded in 1977? guest: it was founded to promote liberty and economic freedom, starting in san francisco, and then move into washington, d.c. milton friedman admitted the kindle institute has never sold out. we still work for liberty and freedom. i've been working with the cato institute since 1995 and full time since 2007. host: mary, fort washington, maryland. democrat. caller: i would suggest thinking t
answers. what youmorning. david writes, on vacation for my 4:30 a.m. news anchor job in lansing, michigan. your gig looks pretty good. you're one lucky guy. >> i am really a lucky guy. good luck in lansing. change your watch. you can do the 5:30 up there. just flip your watch and you could be doing the same thing. what else? >> harold who writes, i'm trying to figure out how to assemble my kids' new toys. barnicle, what gifts did you give? >> i give a gift that you don't have to assemble to everyone in my family. i give myself. that's it. that's all you get. all right? and that is all you get right now. >> boo! >> this is harsh. this is harsh. all right. "morning joe" starts right now. >>> make no mistake about it, if we go over it, god forbid, and i still don't think we have to, the american people are going to blame the republican party, and they'll come right back and pass something. so i don't think the middle class is at risk. because if we go over the cliff, our republican colleagues are going to come back and say uh-oh and then pass the bill we passed in the senate already. >> i th
's get a republican voice. our next caller is calling from west bloomfield, michigan, on the republican line. good morning. caller: i would like to get your thoughts on a balanced approach and have unbiased taxation by using a flat tax. that way you can calculate the amount of taxes we need for the deficit over 10 years. another point is to control the spending on entitlements by not giving millionaires social security benefits, thereby satisfying president obama's approach. instead of doing it through taxation, he can do it through the entitlements. guest: those are both ideas that have been raised, especially the social security and medicare benefits for the wealthy and potentially might not need them to live off of. one tricky part of that is wealthier americans have been paying these taxes for decades into social security and medicare if and a lot of folks have a problem with the idea of taking away their benefits they have paid for if just because they happen to be more well off. and issued the first caller raised and something to watch is this could really sort of set the tone for
was killed off duty in michigan in october of 1994. >> i am here because my son was murdered may 10, 2007, in chicago, illinois, on a crowded bus. >> my sister was a freshman at virginia tech. she was only 18 years old. >> my father was a professor and taught civil engineering at virginia tech and he was killed on april 16, 2007. >> my name is john woods. my girlfriend was killed that virginia tech. -- at virginia tech. >> i was shot four times at virginia tech and survived. i'm here for the 32 that did not. >> i'm from chicago and my son was murdered on church grounds while coming outside of the church. i am pleading for our leaders to help us. >> i am here on behalf of my daughter who was murdered on march 30, 2010, on south capitol street. she was 16 years old and my only child, with an ak-47. >> i came here from phoenix, arizona. i lost my son seven years ago. thank you. >> i'm here to give a voice to my baby sister who was killed when she was 15 in salt lake city. >> my daughter was killed in salt lake city. i was also seriously injured in 2007. >> my name is peter reed. my daughter
to a vote on adoption of the conference report. the senator from michigan. mr. levin: mr. president, on behalf of the senate armed services committee, i'm pleased to bring along with senator mccain the conference report on h.r. 4310, the national defense authorization act for fiscal year 2013. this conference report which was signed by all 26 senate conferees, all the members of the senate armed services committee, contains many provisions that are of critical importance to our troops. this will be the 51st consecutive year in which a national defense authorization act will be enacted into law. i want to thank my dear friend, senator mccain, our ranking minority member for all that he did to bring us to this conclusion and for the years of great leadership on our committee. i've been lucky to have senator mccain as a partner. i know both of us are grateful to the chairman and the ranking member of the house armed services committee, buck mckeon and adam smith for their hard work for reconciling the many differences between the house and senate bill and for helping to produce a solid
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